Selma James

Radical America #07.04-5 Women's labor

Constituent articles:

- Introduction
- The earthly family (Vogel, Lise)
- Women, the unions and work, or what is not to be done (James, Selma)
- The carrot, the stick and the movement (James, Selma)
- Women's labor, women's discontent (Weir, Angela Wilson, Elisabeth)
- Women working photographs (Berndt, Jerry Popkin, Ann)
- Domestic work and capitalism (Gerstein, Ira)

Radical America #04.02: Women

Constituent articles:

- The American family decay and rebirth (James, Selma)
- Women's liberation & the cultural revolution (Kelly, Gail Paradise)
- Where are we going? (Dixon, Marlene)
- Women and the Socialist Party, 1901-1914 (Buhle, Mary Jo)
- Women, Inc. and women's liberation (Sanchez, Vilma)
- Project: company kindergartens (Sander, Helke)

Women, the unions and work, or… what is not to be done - Selma James

Excellent critique of the structural position of unions, work, and unwaged labour from a feminist perspective. By Selma James (1972).

This pamphlet has been published by the Notting Hill (a working-class district in West London -ed.) Womens Liberation Workshop group. It was written by one of our members and presented as a paper at the National Confer­ence of Women at Manchester March 25-26. 1972. While many of us have minor or major disagreements with the paper.

The power of women and the subversion of the community

Tailors strike in Italy's Hot Autumn

An influential pamphlet by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James in 1972 that used a feminist reading of Marx to challenge Left orthodoxy on the role of women, their labour and their struggles.


When this book was first published three years ago, it was already clear that the international movement of women had upset basic assumptions on which this society rested. In confronting what happens in the family and on the street, we have had to confront what happens in the factory, the office, the hospital, the school - in every institution of capitalist society.

Sex, Race and Class

How capitalism and the Left have mystified the real relationships between these categories.